Under the Sea Cupcakes Cake
1 1/4 cups water
4 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon blue food color
Assorted candies such as small gumdrops, pastel wafers and candy coated chocolate pieces, for garnish
HEAT oven to 350°F. Coat 1 (8-inch) round baking pan with baking spray with flour. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
PREPARE cake batter according to package directions using water, oil and egg whites. Beat in food color until completely blended. Spread half of the batter in prepared round pan. Divide remaining batter evenly into prepared muffin cups. Bake cupcakes 19 to 23 minutes and round pan 34 to 38 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. Remove from pans to wire rack to cool completely.
CUT round cake about 1 inch off center into 2 pieces. Place smaller piece on platter to make fish face, rounded edge toward outside edge of platter. Arrange cupcakes in four rows (row 1=3 cupcakes, 2=4, 3=3, 4=2) directly behind the cut edge of cake to form body of fish. Using larger piece of round cake, make a 2-inch straight cut from center point of cut edge toward the uncut edge. Cut from both cut outside edges to end point of the straight cut to make 2 triangles. Place triangles next to cupcakes to resemble top and bottom fins fish fins. Place remaining piece of round cake to make fish tail.
FROST face, tail and fins with blue frosting. Frost cupcakes with white frosting. Sprinkle candy bits from blue frosting over cupcakes, on fins and back edge of tail. Blend remaining white and blue frosting. Place in decorating bag fitted with medium star tip. Squeeze bag to create decorative accents on cake, as desired. Decorate cake with various candies to accent face.
Serving Size (1/24 of cake), Calories 280 (Calories from Fat 100), Total Fat 11g (Saturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 2g), Cholesterol 5mg, Sodium 230mg, Total Carbohydrate 44g (Dietary Fiber g, Sugars 35g), Protein 1g, Potassium mg, thiamine mg, Riboflavin mg, niacin mg, Folate mg, Vitamin B6 mg, Vitamin B12 mcg, Vitamin A mg, Vitamin C mg, Vitamin D mg, Calcium mg, Iron mg.
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Ensure all recipe ingredients are gluten free by referencing the ingredient labels, as products may vary. If uncertain, contact the ingredient manufacturer.